At the  ‘Hooded Men’ Amnesty press conference in Dublin recently, from left: Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally, Brian Turley, Gerry Mc Kerr, Francis Mc Guigan, Joe Clarke, Jim Auld. Front left, Kevin Hannaway, Liam Shannon and Colm O Gorman, Amnesty Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

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‘One of the themes at Lima has been of the need to “learn from Kyoto”.’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at  the opening of the High Level Segment of the UN Climate Change Conference  in Lima, December 9, 2014.  Photograph: Mariana Bazo /Reuters

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